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April 2017 at Hackforge


Board Game Night
Wednesday, April 5: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 7-10PM. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
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3D Printer Show and Tell
Saturday, April 8: 1:00 PM
Are you interested in building a 3D printer? Please join us for an informal and beginner friendly meet and greet. Attendees will share photos and stories about 3D printers that they have built, want to build or are currently building. Feel free to bring your own photos and stories! We look forward to planning future events for 3D printer builders and want to gauge interest.
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Open Coding Night
Monday, April 10: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Have a project you’re working on? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Want to try out a tutorial for new programming language? From beginners to pros, Open Coding Night is designated time for you to hone your craft. Bring your laptop and get coding!
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FastFingers Commodore 64 Demo
Wednesday, April 12: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Dan Laskowski demonstrates his 1984 lead synth software/ hardware for the C64 and Mattel Intellivision Piano Keyboard 27 years later! It is called Fastfingers.
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Repair the World! Climate Change & Technology
Tuesday, April 18: 7:00 PM
Repair the World is a monthly meet-up of those who want to learn more about the technologies and policies we can employ in Windsor-Essex to lead us towards a carbon-neutral future and to help our community cope with the effects of global warming. For our first meeting we are going to use Bret Victor’s What can a technologist do about climate change as our starting point.
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Project Management MeetUp
Wednesday, April 19: 7:00PM RESCHEDULED TO MAY
​This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Topic TBA
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Intro to Javascript
Saturday, April 22: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
$15 General / $10 Student / FREE for Hackforge Members
Want to learn to code? JavaScript is a practical, easy to learn language.
This two hour class will show you the basics of JavaScript and get you writing some code.
Bring your laptop and let’s get coding! This class is designed for beginners.
All proceeds from this event go to support Hackforge’s community programming and physical space.
Sign up here!

The Great Canadian Game Project April Meetup
Sunday, April 23: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
The game jam is on from February 1 to July 1! Participants have 150 days to conceive and create a game that is proudly Canadian!
Drop by the monthly meetup to discuss your ideas, ask questions, watch tutorials from mentors to help you get started, find existing projects to join, see progress of other developers and more!
More information to be updated at http://canada150game.ca/
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Border City Data: Using City of Windsor Open Data 
Monday, April 24: 7:00PM
Border City Data welcomes Bob Price, Technical Support Analyst at City of Windsor to talk about the City of Windsor’s open data. We will then give a talk about the practical uses for businesses and not-for-profits. Beginner friendly!

Book Club: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (1992)
Tuesday, April 25: 7:00 PM
When a virulent computer virus (or is it a drug? or a religion?) called Snow Crash gets loose and somehow starts infecting humans, Hiro teams up with a sassy skateboard messenger to save both the real world and cyberspace.

Join us for a casual conversation on Neal Stephenson’s 1992 cyberpunk classic ‘Snow Crash’.
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Software Guild
Wednesday, April 26: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Add some new tools to your testing toolbelt with this beginner friendly introduction to behavior driven development and the Gherkin scripting language. This talk provides an overview of how BDD connects user goals to human readable test scenarios. It also demonstrates how BDD can simplify test maintainance effort when requirements change frequently. The examples will feature C# and .Net but the concepts can be applied to any language.

This talk will be followed by Lightening Talks. Got something to share? Bring along a short (5 mins or less) talk and sign up.
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Winter Hackathon 2017



Hackforge and the University of Windsor Computer Science Department would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Windsor Hackathon. Twelve teams competed throughout the weekend Hackathon.


EPICentre’s Most Commercial Potential Award
Team GeoRisk (AMF Challenge)
Atilla Saadat

Best Overall:
TransitAR (City of Windsor API Challenge)
Moaaz Elsayed
Colin Matthews
Zach Shaver
Atilla Saadat

Most Creative:
Team GoBot (Open Data Windsor Essex Challenge)
Clovis Nogueira
Yadwinder Singh

Judges’ Favourite & Bike Windsor Essex’s Pick:
Team BRAV-O (Bike Windsor Essex)
vikneshwaran seetharaman
V N Bharadwaja T
Rumana Hakeem
Areeba Kamal

Best Use of Data
Team Mighty Pythons:
Javeriya Khan
Atish Lewate
Emile Papillon
Baseer Haider


Take On Challenges from the Community and Industry with Teamwork and Creative Coding.

The University of Windsor’s Computer Science Department and Windsor Hackforge are teaming up for Winter Hackathon. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from the University, this weekend hackathon will test skills with creative challenges using data from the community and industry.

Awards will be given for Best Overall Project, Best Community Project, Most Creative Team, Best Use of Open Data, and more.




Friday, January 27 @ Engineering Building – University of Windsor (Room 1100)
o 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Registration and welcomes
o 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Opening ceremony, Talks, Announcement of Challenges
o 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner, Networking, and Team build-up
o 7:00 PM: Hackathon begins, teams start working together and picking challenges. Continue at Essex Bldg. Computer Science Rooms
Registration is open for the community to attend the launch

Saturday, January 28 @ Essex Bldg – Computer Science Rooms
o 9:00 AM – 12:00AM: Hackathon continues!
Lunch and snacks provided.

Sunday, January 29 @ Odette Bldg Room 123
o 9:00 AM -9:30 AM – Breakfast and Welcome
o 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Demos & Awards Ceremony
Registration is open for the community to attend the final demos!

The Winter Hackathon is supported by EPICentre, WEtech Alliance, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.




Hack the Afternoon with WIFF

Film Festival


This Sunday, October 30th, join Hackforge and Windsor International Film Festival for an afternoon celebrating cinema and data. This Hack the Afternoon event, held at Hackforge (255 Ouellette) from 2:00PM to 5:00PM, invites local developers to explore the WIFF data set and try their hand at building a unique application or website to coincide with the festival.

All developers welcome. University and College students are strongly encouraged to participate. WIFF prizes will be awarded to the winners of this Hack the Afternoon.

This is a great opportunity for developers and designers to create a unique app or web page that will be immediately relevant to thousands of residents and visitors to our region during the festival.

The Windsor International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, November 1st and runs until November 7th. “As we continue to grow incredibly, WIFF is pushing on innovation and risk-taking this year,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director, Windsor International Film Festival, “We want to engage our loyal and large film audiences on both live and digital platforms. WIFF and Hackforge working together on a Hackathon is going to be a lot of fun, and produce a great result for our patrons.”

Hack the Afternoons are short, developer-friendly mini-hackathons promoting the use of open data in our community. Open Data Windsor-Essex is a Hackforge initiative supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in partnership with Family Services Windsor-Essex.

Sunday, October 30 2016
2:00 – 5:00 PM
255 Ouellette Ave
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September at Hackforge



Windsor Essex .Net Developers
Introduction to Distributing Workloads using PowerShell and Azure
Tuesday, September 6: 6:30PM
In this introductory-level talk we will discuss using cloud resources to handle tasks. We will explore scripts to create new Virtual Machines (VMs) in a remote datacenter, copy files necessary for the tasks to the VMs, execute tasks on the VMs, get the results back on a central machine, and then delete the VMs. We will use a generic task, and discuss how this could be exchanged for a different task based on your needs (load testing, automated testing, etc.). No previous knowledge of PowerShell is required, each step will be explained as we go through the demonstration.
Food provided by Microsoft // Thanks to Telerik for their sponsorship of this event
More info here!

Board Game Night
Thursday, September 8: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started.
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Pokémap Downtown! 
Windsor Public Library & MapTime Windsor Essex Event
Saturday, September 10: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
In partnership with the Windsor Public Library and Maptime Windsor-Essex, we will be teaching people how to use Google Maps to mark out PokéStops and PokéGyms, so we can pick the best routes to help you catch them all! Plus we’ll be mapping other important spots downtown that can help make the game more accessible, like wifi hotspots and bus stops.
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Show & Tell
Tuesday, September 13: 7:00 PM
Join us for the launch of Hackforge’s new general interest night, Show and Tell. How it works: up to six presenters have less than 10 minutes to show and tell! Topics can vary from electronics to software to engineering and beyond. Got something to share? Come by and sign up!
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DIY Audio Electronics Group
Old School Tubes
Wednesday, September 14: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join the DIY Audio Group as we continue our journey into old school tube based gear. Rob Caruso dives into magic eye tubes and will demo the magic eye colour organ one last time before it’s dismantled. Jeff Szusz demos his Schitt tube based headphone amplifier and presents his research and experiences with headphones for the new rig.
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Open Coding Night
Thursday, September 15: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding! Great event for beginners as well! Tutorials will be available and the event is facilitated a real life computer programmer.
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Open Streets: w.a.v.e.s Festival Preview
Sunday, September 18: 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Hackforge is a proud partner of WAVES 2016 with Hack the Fest. Get a first peek at the projects during Open Streets Windsor 2016 with a family friendly drop-in event.

The City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Department is a partner on this initiative in anticipation of the w.a.v.e.s 2016 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 4-11 PM – FREE ENTRY, Rain or Shine! w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology.
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CustomEXO Project: Open Table Discussion
Monday, September 19: 6:00 – 8:00PM
A presentation of the CustomEXO Project goals, obstacles, and an opportunity to join the ExoHuman Laboratory mission to research & develop a CustomEXO(skeleton) for a person with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We will connect 3D printing technicians, engineers, medical professionals, artists/designers and the community (worldwide).
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Hackforge Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
Wednesday, September 21: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for the first ever Hackforge Book Club! September’s book is Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952).
Details here!

Member Night: Office Space Bingo
Thursday, September 22: 7:00 PM
Join us for a screening of the cult classic 1999 film, Office Space. This will be an interactive night as we play Office Space Bingo along with the movie. Prizes to be won!

Movie and snacks are free to Hackforge members // $10 general public. All proceeds go to support Hackforge.
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Electronics Club
Saturday, September 24: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Join the club for those who love electronics and take part in an afternoon activity.
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Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, September 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.
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Software Guild
Ping-Pong Unit Testing
Wednesday, September 28: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Murtuza will demonstrate a paired unit testing session. Two people at one computer, writing tests and making them pass. He’ll walk through a couple examples with volunteers and then the participants can pair up and try it for themselves. Bring your laptop!
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StartUp MeetUp Windsor
Thursday, September 29: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Keep up to date here!

Hack the Afternoon: Map the River Walk with Photos


Saturday, February 27th, join Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) from 2-5PM for a Hack the Afternoon. A free workshop forbeginners to pros, learn how to map Windsor’s Riverfront Sculpture Park walk. We’re creating a map full of photos (personal and archival) that explore Windsor’s Detroit River walk in a visual, interactive way.

Beginners: Learn how to customize Google Maps with photo mapping for your future vacations or other projects.

Developers: Dig deeper with how to manipulate map data in different formats and use it in your project. We’ll be working with QGIS and moving mapping data between various platforms.

What to Bring: Laptop, any photos you have (digital or physical) of the Sculpture Park, riverfront trail or shoreline to contribute to put in on the map.

Share your photos electronically with Hackforge (@Hackforge).

Hack the Afternoon is in collaboration with the City of Windsor, in preparation for the 2016 w.a.v.e.s. Festival. This event is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through Open Data Windsor Essex.

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves

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